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Reeves issues “essential worker” executive order (March 26)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has signed Executive Order 1463, which outlines additional guidelines to further slow the spread of COVID-19 across Mississippi. The new guidelines covered in the latest executive order state that: • Non-essential gatherings of 10 or more people must be avoided • Dine-in services at restaurants must be suspended, but drive-thru, take-out…

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Library updates public service offerings (March 26)

The Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library System has announced the following outreach efforts while their buildings are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak: Thursday, March 26: • Open online to patrons who use their online library account (llf.biblionix.com) to request materials. Patrons can sign into their accounts with their card number and phone number…

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Franklin businesses hurt by COVID-19 should file state, federal paperwork

Franklin County businesses hurt by the coronavirus outbreak have until Wednesday, April 1 to submit an impact report to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and can also apply for federal assistance. This past Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved Gov. Tate Reeves’ request for an economic disaster declaration for the state’s 82 counties. The…

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National Forests close Developed Recreation Areas in Homochitto

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has announced local Developed Recreation Areas in the Homochitto National Forest have been temporarily closed for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Effective immediately, the following DRAs to be closed include: • Clear Springs Recreation Area and Okhissa Lake Recreation Area. Notifications to campers will be made as soon as…

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THURSDAY UPDATE: Franklin County COVID-19 count revised to two

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate The Mississippi Department of Health officially revised Franklin County’s total coronvirus cases on Thursday to two — not the original three reported as late as Wednesday. DOH officials noted county case numbers will change slightly throughout the COVID-19 outbreak as the agency’s investigation of patients finds more accurate information on…

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Franklin County coronavirus updates

Here are several updates from The Franklin Advocate related to the local coronavirus outbreak. JUSTICE COURT LIMITS ACCESS Franklin County Justice Court, effective immediately, is limiting access to the courtroom – anyone not affiliated with cases pending before the court will not be permitted to be in attendance. The only individuals allowed in Justice Court…

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School district begins child feeding program

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate With schools closed through at least Friday, April 17, Franklin County’s educational leadership is rolling out plans to feed area children through the end of April. During the monthly school board meeting held on Tuesday, March 17, Superintendent of Education Chris Kent outlined his goals of providing breakfast and lunch…

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Coronavirus prompts courthouse restrictions

Offices in the Franklin County Courthouse in Meadville are open, but with restricted access to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak locally and nationwide. Beginning this week and until further notice, offices in the courthouse will be locked at all times. Those not needing to speak with a county official directly are asked to…

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